Polish Craft Association (Związek Rzemiosła Polskiego - ZRP) is a nationwide entrepreneurs’ organisation established in 1933. ZRP – together with 28 regional craft chambers, 478 craft guilds and 180 cooperatives – constitutes the biggest and the oldest structure of the economic self-government in Poland. Craft organisations in Poland unite about 300 000 micro-, small and medium enterprises. ZRP represents their interests towards government and regulatory bodies, public administration, courts and social-economic organisations in Poland and abroad (especially in the European Union).
As a national social partner, the Polish Craft Association takes part in the Tripartite Commission’s meetings. The Commission is formed by the Polish government, the biggest employers’ organisations and trade unions. Thus the ZRP has an opportunity to influence bills on economic and social policies: taxes, national budget, labour market, EU structural funds and salaries. Being a member of the European Union of Craft, Small and Medium Enterprises (UEAPME), the ZRP is also involved in the social dialogue at the European level.
The Polish craft is very active in the vocational education. ZRP members offer wide range of training opportunities: from the modern to unique (especially handicraft and artistic) professions. Over 92 000 apprentices of 100 professions are being currently trained by employers-craftsmen.